Michael John Neill
The SS-5 form is the form a person fills out to apply for a social
number. These forms are available for deceased individuals and can be
from the Social Security Administration. They can be an excellent
source. The person does not have to be in the SSDI (Social Security
Death Index) in order for a
person to obtain the SS-5 form. Anyone who had a Social Security Number
completed an SS-5 form.
It is easier to obtain the form if you have the person's social
number. This can be obtained from the Social Security Death Index
(search box below), the person's
death certificate, or other sources. You can request an SS-5 form from
the Social Secutiry Administration (link below) if you know the person
is dead,but you don't have the social security number.
While the SS-5 form contains some of the same information as is on the
certificate, it is important to remember that most people filled out
own SS-5 form. Most people usually don't fill out their own death
In some cases, the SS-5 form may contain information previously unknown.
The form on the page is for my wife's grandmother. The father's name
on this form is different from the name of the father listed on her
certificate. In this case, it was a significant clue.
You can easily search the index via the link below-- or you can
SSDI at Genealogy Bank. Their version of the SSDI is the most current and is free.
Getting the SS-5 Application
- If the person is in the Social Security Death Index, search for
person in the index, and "print out" the letter that can be generated
you find the person you want.
- If the person is NOT in the Social Security Death Index, visit
Security Administration page for more information on your options.
the person's number from other records (if possible) is an excellent